David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Tom Ricks wrestle with America's recent legacy in the Middle East and what's broken with the last superpower's armed forces.
- By David RothkopfDavid Rothkopf is visiting professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His latest book is The Great Questions of Tomorrow. He has been a longtime contributor to Foreign Policy and was CEO and editor of the FP Group from 2012 to May 2017.
Is the U.S. military missing a critical element needed to transition from war to peace? Has America’s infrastructure for winning — and ending — wars fallen apart? In other words, has the U.S. goal of establishing “stability” in places like Iraq or Afghanistan actually been a myth all along?
A military is only as good as its ability to deal with the problems it faces, and whether blame falls on politicians, tactical generals, or failed strategies, the “greatest military in the world” has struggled for 15 years to wrap up two wars.
In this edition of The Editor’s Roundtable, the panel debates the current state of the U.S. military, what has gone wrong, and how to fix it. From the public debate on the culture of the military to the civilian-military divide to how to get ahead in the armed forces, this week’s episode leaves no sacred stone unturned.
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